Fleetwood Mac -- with Christine McVie back on board for the first time since 1998 -- has announced its first North American leg of a proposed two-year world tour. The 34-date trek, which is dubbed, On With The Show, begins on September 30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota's Target Center and wraps on December 20th in Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Rolling Stone asked Lindsey Buckingham how Fleetwood Mac's setlist will change with McVie back in the band: "It won't be too hard to figure out. Stevie (Nicks) and I both have songs we pretty much have to play. When you add in Christine's hits, you pretty much have a set, though that's not to say there won't be a few little surprises around the edges."
- Christine McVie spoke to Rolling Stone and gave the scoop on how the reunion happened with her former bandmates, and explained why she left the band back in 1998: “I initially developed a great fear of flying. It was a real phobia. I also bought a house in England and decided, to a degree, I was really tired of the road. I wasn't just burned out, but I was tired of traveling and living out of a suitcase. I’m quite a domestic person by nature and the nomad thing had got a bit stale on me, really. . . It was never anything personal between the five of us. It was just that I felt my time had come and I just thought that I really wanted to leave Los Angeles and make a home in England. That was the root of it, really."
- She shed light on when she began to pine for the other members of Fleetwood Mac: “About two years ago. I started to think, ‘What am I doing? I really miss that camaraderie with those four people. I miss everything about it.’ I missed the music, to be able to create again. I couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone besides Fleetwood Mac. I knew that they were my musical family.”
- McVie talked about the band’s plans for touring and recording over the next two years: “The plan is we’re going to start rehearsing in July and go on the road in September. The tour starts in Chicago and we head west and come back east again, finish at Christmas and pick up end of January and complete America and we can do the world, really. And there’s a studio album somewhere in the mix too. We’re playing around in studios now. . . We’re really running through some demos that I sent Lindsey. My demos are rough, (but) we’re just trying to construct some proper tracks from them and the chemistry is magic.”
- Mick Fleetwood told us that Fleetwood Mac always tries to serve up the perfect concert experience for the fans: "We have a nice problem -- there are so many songs, you go, like, 'Well, we could be playing for, like, four hours' -- which we're not. We're probably gonna do a little over two-and-a-half hours, two to two-and-a-half hours, and we're trying to get the right blend of songs, and the right rhythm to the show, that will be the, the most fun."
- JUST ANNOUNCED: Fleetwood Mac tour dates (subject to change):
September 30 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
October 2 - Chicago, IL - United Center
October 6 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
October 10 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
October 11 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
October 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
October 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
October 18 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
October 19 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
October 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
October 22 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills
October 26 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre
October 31 - Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center
November 1 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
November 10 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
November 12 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
November 15 - Edmonton, AL - Rexall Place
November 18 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
November 20 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
November 22 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
November 24 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena
November 25 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center At San Jose
November 28, 29 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
December 2 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
December 3 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
December 10 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
December 12 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
December 14 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
December 15 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
December 17 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
December 19 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
December 20 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
- Christine McVie, along with former husband John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, steered Fleetwood Mac through a diverse early-'70s period following the departure of the group's co-founding guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer.
- Following the eventual departure of key members Danny Kirwan and Bob Welch -- and the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks -- McVie suddenly became one of the three hottest songwriters of the 1970's.
- In the latter part of the '70s, she was romantically involved with legendary Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson.
- McVie's songs played a crucial role in the band's studio blockbusters Fleetwood Mac (1975), Rumours (1977), Tusk (1979), Mirage (1982), and Tango In The Night (1987) -- along with the live sets, Fleetwood Mac Live (1980) and The Dance (1997).
- In 2003 McVie was credited as an additional musician on Fleetwood Mac's last full-length studio set, Say You Will. She contributed keyboards and backing vocals on "Bleed To Love Her" and "Steal Your Heart Away."
- In 2004, McVie released her latest solo album, In The Meantime, which she collaborated on with her nephew, Dan Perfect.
DID YOU KNOW???
- Christine McVie wrote some of Fleetwood Mac's most enduring hits, including 1975's "Over My Head" (#20) and "Say You Love Me" (#11); 1977's "Don't Stop" (#3) and "You Make Loving Fun" (#9); 1979's "Think About Me" (#20); 1982's "Hold Me" (#4) and "Love In Store" (#22); and 1987's "Little Lies" (#4) and "Everywhere" (#14).
- She scored a solo Top 10 hit with 1984's "Got A Hold On Me" (#10).
CHECK IT OUT: Fleetwood Mac with Christine McVie on September 25th, 2013 performing "Don't Stop" live in London:
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